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The Fish Shop, Venice

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.38
State: 1/9

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Listed by E. G. Kennedy (1910) as owned by G. W. Vanderbilt. Bought from H. Wunderlich & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:131 x 224 mm  
Plate mark size:130 x 223 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Selectively wiped on water in the foreground and under the archway at right  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks  
Print note:The shading of the passageway ceiling and walls is heavily inked  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 57-79 mm from left, height 9mm; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The plate butterflies are on the shutter to the right of the window at left (faint) and approximately 30 mm below the faint signature (shaded)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W188 Fruit Shop Venice - From Wunderlich + Co' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.